With over a trillion-quantillion subscribers, World of Warcraft players are finding themselves increasingly popular targets for hackers, and nothing stings worse than logging in to Azeroth only to find your character standing in nothing but his scivvies and all his belongs wiped out. All that time spent acquiring digital doodads and neglecting your family, friends, pets, hygiene, job, and other real-life obligations down the drain.
Such scenarios are becoming far too common, and Blizzards offering WoW residents another way to beat back the bad guys, and it won't cost you any mana. Instead, for $6.50 (that's USD, a form of paper and coin currency used in non-virtual landscapes) you can protect your account with Blizzard's Authenticator dongle. Once linked to your account, the dongle generates a one-time six-digit passcode at the press of button to supplement your regular account password. And because the dongle stays separate from your PC, it's impervious to keyloggers and other similar malware.
Framed web pages are everywhere - but IE isn't ready to handle iFrame hijacking. ZDNet's Zero Day blog repots that exploit code is now available online to demonstrate how to perform malicious attacks against IE7 as well as IE6 and even IE8 beta 1. Even if your version of IE is fully patched, it's not ready to handle this vulnerability.
To find out how the threat works, join us after the break.
To find out how long Redmond's known about this problem, and how another browser vendor set Microsoft an example in how to deal with a reported vulnerability, join us after the jump.
Despite all the Web 2.0 rhetoric the internet still has no sure-fire answer for rampant phishing frauds. Microsoft, PayPal and Google – the who’s who of the internet – have laid the cornerstone of the Information Card Foundation to confront some of the most daunting and taunting online security challenges. The organization has as its immediate goal to replace each individual’s myriad of online passwords with a single ID card.
Such an ID card will be a person’s key to the internet and will only transact information absolutely necessary for accessing a website. It can certainly put a lid on phishing fraud. The technology required for these information cards is present as we speak but there aren’t enough compatible websites. Also don’t forget it is easier to treasure – or even venerate - a single all-purpose ID card than innumerable passwords. Did You Know: eBay-owned online money transaction major PayPal has been offering a cheap security device called Security Key, which is effectively a key generator, since early 2007 to its customers. Security is paramount for PayPal as any lapse or breach can result in serious monetary damage to its users. PayPal offers this device for $5 to all its users except business members for whom it is free.
Hop online without the aid of a firewall and you may find your PC flooded with malware in only a few short minutes. Just clicking on a malicious link can be enough to infect your rig with a virus. Internet bad guys from the around the globe are constantly on the prowl for vulnerable machines waiting to be hacked, and once inside, these anonymous crooks have free reign over your personal sensitive data. But it's not just international eyes that you need to be worried about, and the person peering at your data may be closer than you think. Wondering who that might be? Click through to find out!
Apple, after blowing off the Safari+IE 'carpet bombing' threat for weeks, finally decides to fix it, as well as fixing several other security vulnerabilities plaguing Windows XP and Vista users running Safari.
And, when you visit the Apple Download Center, grab yourself a copy of QuickTime 7.5 and stomp out more security flaws.
Script kiddies, move over. Now there's a toolkit that can turn any executable file into a worm, and it's so easy "even a caveman could do it." Find out what makes this new malware creation kit so scary, where it might have originated - and why.
The Register.co.uk website ('Biting the hand that feeds IT') isn't just an industry gadfly: concealed beneath its British-accented snark is a lot of useful news – including this report about a new malware-creation tool that's point-and-click easy.